Reviewed at Milton Keynes Theatre, October 2016.
Currently touring the UK in a run planned well into 2017, ‘The Full Monty’ is already stirring up a great deal of excitement and building an army of fans.
Based on the 1997 film and originally staged on the west end in 2013, this play version is closer to Simon Beaufoy’s original screenplay than the short-lived musical version which also ran in the West End in 2000
Set in Sheffield, as the steel industry was taking its last dying breath, ‘The Full Monty’ tells the story of a group of out of work steelworkers trying to make ends meet. ‘Gaz’ needs to find money urgently to pay maintenance for his son ‘Nathan,’ when the ‘Chippendales’ come to town, causing a frenzy in the process. Realising it could be a fast way to earn some cash, he hastily sets about forming his own group of male strippers, who come in all shapes and sizes.
Gary Lucy reprises the role of ‘Gaz’ from the London production. He is clearly very comfortable in the role and delivers each line and movement with precision, making the whole performance very natural and polished.
‘Guy’ is played by Chris Fountain, although he doesn’t make an appearance until the end of the first act, he certainly makes a memorable impression! Throughout the second act, he is full of energy and his talents as an actor are undeniable.
Fountain has a very touching scene with Anthony Lewis, who plays ‘Lomper,’ this is a great character to see develop throughout the play and Lewis plays it just right, from the shy and awkward young man lacking friends or purposes, he grows to be a central member of the group.